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EX-WSB Foggy Petronas runs at Goodwood Festival of Speed, getting it here was a labour of love…
LIKE A CHALLENGE’ quips race bike collector Chris Wilson. Just as well, it’s taken him eight years to get this Foggy Petronas FP1 running. The Goodwood Festival of Speed was the first time it’s been in action since it last raced in 2006. ‘It’d been in Carl’s house on display,’ says Chris. ‘When I bought it he told me that I’d never get it running, it had no engine internals.’ Friday’s ride up the Goodwood Hill was Chris’ first proper ride on the bike after getting it back from the restorers two days before the event. ‘It sounds fantastic when you’re on it, we’ve got the rev limiter set to 11,000rpm, they took them to 13,000
Iback in the day, so it’s only making around 140bhp, but it was a beautiful experience.’ The original plan to get it running by sacrificing an FP1 road bike (there are only 150 of them) seemed wasteful (though he did actually buy one) so Chris spent five years accumulating genuine parts before the rebuild could start. ‘It’s amazing what comes out of the woodwork when you start looking, we found the gear cluster on ebay.’ The build was entrusted to a Swiss restorer. ‘He’d got access to a lot of spares and was close to Suter who built the original engine.’ Next outing will probably be for parade laps at the Brands Hatch CRMC meeting on 7-8 October.
Johnsonan National Museum’sTT outingace MotorcycleenjoyedGaryon 500ccthe TriumphTom Simisteron which nished third in the 1927 Senior TT. ‘It makes about 180bhp less than my GSXR1000, but it’ll be just as hard to ride. I’ve never used a hand shi. I’ll have to be at my most mechanically sympathetic,’ quipped Gary.
Streamlined 125cc Lambretta achieved 124mph with supercharger in 1951. Original pilot Romulo Ferri was small enough to fold himself into the fairing. Sprung aps let the rider put his feet down.
Norton tuner Fred Walmsley with his ‘Fredder’ at Goodwood. ‘ I wanted a Fredder, not a Bobber.’ says the Lancastrian. Road registered it has a dohc 500cc Manx engine and lightweight frame.